• Jefferson City School District's Eisinger Teacher of the Year Program

    Eisinger Teaching Awards Program

Award Info

    In 2016, the Jefferson City School District Foundation received an amazing gift to support the JC Schools Teacher of the Year Program. Don and Linda Eisinger established the annual Eisinger Teacher of the Year and Eisinger Outstanding Educator awards. Because of Mrs. Eisinger’s passion for teaching and her love of children, the Eisingers established this gift to support these awards for 15 years. Mrs. Eisinger (pictured above), a long-time educator at North Elementary and West Elementary, was the 2004 JC Schools Teacher of the Year. She then went on to be the 2005 Missouri State Teacher of the Year. Mrs. Eisinger retired from JC Schools in 2011. For more information, call the JC Schools Foundation at 573-659-3549.

2019 Eisinger Teacher of the Year & Outstanding Educator

  • The Eisinger Award recipients were chosen from a field of full-time certified teachers, school librarians, guidance counselors, and instructional coaches who were nominated by administrators, colleagues, parents, and students for possessing the qualities of a great educator. 

    Regina Roe, 2019 Teacher of the Year


    2019 Eisinger Teacher of the Year

    Regina Roe, JCHS

    The recipient of the 2019 Eisinger Teacher of the Year award is Mrs. Regina Roe, a mathematics teacher at Jefferson City High School. Mrs. Roe has been a teacher for 28 years. She first taught in Columbia and then Harlingen, Texas before starting at Jefferson City High School in 1994. Mrs. Roe has taught a number of different math courses at JCHS over the last 25 years.

    In her application Mrs. Roe said, “I was born to be a teacher. I can’t NOT teach. I went into teaching to share my love of math, but I stay in teaching because I am impacting lives.”


    Jennifer Uptergrove, 2019 Outstanding Educator


    2019 Eisinger Outstanding Educator

    Jennifer Uptergrove, Lawson Elementary

    Lawson Elementary 1st grade teacher, Jennifer Uptergrove, was named the 2019 Eisinger Outstanding Educator. Mrs. Uptergrove came to Jefferson City Public Schools in 2009 after teaching in Eldon, MO. She’s taught 1st grade in the district for a decade and has 24 years of experience in the classroom.

    In her application, Mrs. Uptergrove credited much of her success to the dedicated teachers and administrators who have surrounded her during her career and said she “believes her number one job is to build relationships with her students, making them see they are part of a community.”

  • 2019 Eisinger Teacher of the Year Finalists


    The other educators selected as 2019 Eisinger Teacher of the Year finalists included:

    • Jessica Deschu, Southwest Early Childhood Center
    • Julie Maassen, Jefferson City High School
    • Tessa Scheperle, West Elementary
    • Jody Thomas, Thomas Jefferson Middle School


    The Eisinger Teacher of the Year Selection Committee, comprised of Jefferson City area community members, chose the six finalists based on their written applications submitted in February. The selection committee then conducted personal interviews with each of the finalists to choose the Eisinger Teacher of the Year and the Eisinger Outstanding Educator. These awards were announced at the annual JC Schools Staff Appreciation Banquet on April 25th at Lewis & Clark Middle School.

Past Teacher of the Year Award Recipients

    1970: Carl Burkel, JCHS**

    1992: Ann Lane, Southwest Elementary

    1993: Eva Studley, EER/Simonsen

    1994: Dennis Nickelson, JCHS*

    1995: Patty Morrow, Moreau Heights Elementary*

    1996: Mary Hill, JCHS

    1997: Saundra Allen, East Elementary

    1998: Barbara Martin, Belair Elementary

    1999: Gae Ellyn Gentzsch, Thomas Jefferson Middle School

    2000: Jennifer Milne, JCHS

    2001: Barb Kuebler, Lewis and Clark Middle School*

    2002: Steve Eubanks, JCHS

    2003: Christie Kittrell, Belair Elementary

    2004: Linda Eisinger, West Elementary**

    2005: Ellen Schmidt, Belair Elementary

    2006: Linda Heckman, JCHS

    2007: Suzanna Haugen, Lewis and Clark Middle School*

    2008: Mary Thorne, North Elementary

    2009: Peg Vietti, Thomas Jefferson Middle School

    2010: Don Gauzy, Lewis and Clark Middle School

    2011: Jeni DeFeo, Thomas Jefferson Middle School*

    2012: David Ganey, Jefferson City High School
    2013: Aaron Gillam, Jefferson City High School
    2014: Beth Dampf, Jefferson City High School
    2015: Jeff Luttrell, Lewis and Clark Middle School
    2016: Nikki Carel, Pioneer Trail Elementary 
    2017: Rhonda Allen, Thorpe Gordon Elementary
    2018: Jana Forck, Jefferson City High School

    * = Missouri State Teacher of the Year Finalist

    ** = Missouri State Teacher of the Year